Classic Gaming- Mortal Kombat 4: (1997)

Mortal Kombat 4 was the fourth installment of the series and was originally released as an arcade game by Midway back in 1997.  Out of all of the games within its series Mortal Komabt 4 probably stands out the most.  Not only did Mortal Kombat 4 feature new characters and bosses but it was also the first 3D game within its series.  When Mortal Kombat 4 was first released many people were impressed by the fast paced gameplay that it had to offer.  Unlike the previous games each character had the ability to pull out their own custom weapon while being able to grab items such as boulders of the ground in order to toss them at their opponents.  Along with being able to utilize weapons the side step feature of Mortal Kombat 4 was another aspect about this game that stood out since it added realism to the battles.  As far as realism is concerned Mortal Kombat 4 had some great graphics for its time and was always fun to play on PlayStation, Nintendo 64 or the Sega Dreamcast.

While this game introduces a couple of new characters such as Kai, Fujin, Reiko, Tanya and Jared we also see the return of many familiar faces such as Liu Kang, Jonny Cage, Reptiles Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Jax, Sonya and Raiden.   Some people may argue that the boss characters in Mortal Komabat 4 such as Shinnok, Quan Chi and Goro were not too difficult in arcade mode but that general varies based on option and how skilled people were at the game itself.  Along with having good graphics there were various aspects about Mortal Kombat 4 that made the game enjoyable including the level of creativity the developers had put into the stage designs especially when it came down to pit fatalities.  In Mortal Kombat 4 each character had a special ending and the voice acting that went into developing them was pretty cool because it felt like you were getting more after completing the game in comparison to MK II & MKIII.   Mortal Kombat 4 is generally regarded as one of the coolest 3D arcade classics of its time along with the likes the Tekken series simply because it provided players with an unforgettable gaming experience.

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